Post-Draft Outlook: A closer look at the Packers' picks: Round 1/26 -- Clay Matthews, LB, 6-3, 245, Southern California...As tickled as Ted Thompson was to have Raji slide to the Packers early in Round 1, the general manager eagerly wanted Matthews to fill another missing piece in the new defensive scheme. Hence, Thompson mortgaged the rest of Green Bay's first half of the draft -- a second-round pick (No. 41) and two third-round choices (Nos. 73 and 83) -- to go up to get the all-around playmaker that is Matthews. More than having strong NFL bloodlines, Matthews is a ready-made starter at right outside linebacker with his combination of tenacious run defense, unbridled pass rush off the edge and improving coverage skills. - by The Sports Xchange
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Draft Scout Clay Matthews News
12/07/16 - LB Clay Matthews is being held out of practice this week as the team tries to preserve its defensive standout for Sunday's game against the NFC West-leading Seahawks. Matthews managed to play, albeit in a reduced role, in the win over the Houston Texans last Sunday with a separated left shoulder. Matthews expects to play against the Seahawks.
12/05/16 - LB Clay Matthews managed to play in the victory over the Texans on Sunday despite having a separated left shoulder. Matthews made the start at inside linebacker but was rotated in and out of the game. He didn't have any tackles in the game, saying he felt limited because he essentially was playing with one arm.
12/01/16 - LB Clay Matthews managed to get on the field Thursday for some limited activity. Though the speculation is Matthews won't be able to play Sunday against the Texans because of a separated left shoulder, the team isn't ruling him out just yet. Matthews sustained the injury on a blindside block by Eagles OT Allen Barbre in Green Bay's victory at Philadelphia on Monday night but managed to return to the game.
11/30/16 - LB Clay Matthews wouldn't have practiced Wednesday had the team been on the field. Coach Mike McCarthy said Matthews is expected to play Sunday against Houston.
Matthews briefly exited the win at Philadelphia on Monday because of an injury to his left shoulder on an open-field hit from Eagles lineman Allen Barbre. Matthews said he had some pain in the shoulder after the game, adding that the AC joint in the shoulder may have been damaged. More on Matthews' status for this weekend won't be known until the Packers return to the practice field Thursday.
11/29/16 - LB Clay Matthews moved from his usual outside position to the inside because the Pack was playing without both of their inside starters, Jake Ryan and Blake Martinez. Matthews had to deal with something else -- he injured a shoulder, and even though he had to come out of the game at first, he did manage to come back and finish.